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Southern Sudan: The West seeks to open the Pandora Box

April 27, 2011

Sudan: Concern Grows for Civilians in Southern Clashes

Southern Sudan is struggling with at least seven separate militia groups, based mainly in the states of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei.

The rebels’ motivations are complex: many foot-soldiers appear to be driven by local grievances, ethnic differences and a lack of opportunities, but leaders say they are battling “corruption and repression of opposition” by the Southern government.

“We are fighting to for democratic transformation,” said Gadet’s spokesman, Bol Gathuoth Kol.

However, critics argue that the rebels have little ambition beyond seizing cash and power from the government, as groups jostle for influence ahead of independence.

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